The U.K. has become the first country in the world to approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. drug manufacturer Pfizer
and German partner BioNTech
paving the way for the shot to be distributed to people who need it most within days.
The two-shot vaccine was authorized by the U.K.’s medicines regulator ahead of the U.S. and Europe, and will become available next week, the government said Wednesday. People over the age of 80, care-home residents, and health- and social-care workers are at the top of the priority list for the vaccine.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that it was a “huge moment” but that an “immense…